Current Young Professionals Network works to enrich both the careers and personal lives of members between the ages of 21 and 40 through a slew of social gatherings, volunteer opportunities, and networking possibilities. Like smuggling your best friend to work in a briefcase, membership combines career-building events with social activities recorded in a packed online calendar. Executive breakfasts aim to optimize personal exposure to industry movers and shakers, and exclusive classes and volunteer opportunities bolster resumes. Group social outings such as hockey games and film festivals foster crucial peer-to-peer relationships without the hassle of handcuffing yourself to coworkers. In addition, each membership brings the possibility of winning an award that highlights exemplary examples of entrepreneurship and professionalism.
More than three decades ago, educator Larry Martinek set out on a mission to develop a curriculum that would radically change the traditional approach to teaching math. Noting a "disconnect between students' basic skills training and the curriculum they [must] master in the years to come," Larry created an original teaching method designed to turn students into miniature mathematicians capable of thinking critically to solve problems. His approach, which he describes as the cultivation of number sense, strives to sharpen students? math instincts, rather than drill them with repetitive, memory-based exercises or force them to blackmail accountants to crunch the numbers. Soon after students began using Larry's method, their test scores began to rise. In the spring of 2002, Larry's dream came true. Peter Markovitz and David Ullendorff, leaders in the education industry, made Larry and his curriculum the driving force of Mathnasium. Larry introduced his curriculum as the Mathnasium Method.
Today, Mathnasium centers can be found throughout the world. Informed by Larry's visionary innovations, the program's tutors give personalized coaching that focuses on bolstering critical thinking through written materials and mental math, forsaking many of the teaching tools found in a traditional classroom. In addition, the tutors also focus on boosting students' enthusiasm for the subject, helping them overcome a lack of confidence in the classroom or their innate fear of prime numbers.